Close the Gap

Statistics show significant attainment gaps between deaf pupils and their peers at every Key Stage.

The National Deaf Children's Society recognises that much hard work is being done to support deaf children in their studies, but more action is needed. 

During Deaf Awareness Week 2013, we submitted a petition to the Welsh Assembly's Petitions Committee, calling for a national strategy to close the gap in educational attainment for deaf children and young people. 

What is the Gap?

This document contains data on the educational attainment of deaf children in Wales for Key Stages 1 to 4. 

It demonstrates significant attainment gaps between deaf pupils and their peers at every Key Stage. We need to Close the Gap!

Wales Attainment Data 2013.pdf 236kb

Educational Attainment Data for Wales 2013

Our petition

Our petition highlighted a number of barriers that are preventing deaf children and young people from reaching their full educational potential in Wales. It was accompanied by a video in which the experts - deaf children and young people themselves - outline the key issues that matter to them. They identified four key issues:

  • We need appropriate support in school and college
  • We need all classrooms to have good acoustics
  • Some of us use sign language. Help us encourage our hearing peers and teachers to learn sign
  • We need more teachers and pupils to be deaf aware.

Petition Report 

Close the Gap Petition Report (English version).pdf (302 kb) [pdf]

Deiseb Caewch y Bwlch (Welsh version).pdf (303 kb) [pdf] 

Watch the Close the Gap video


Our petition was well received by the Committee, which described the video as "powerful". They subsequently invited us to give evidence on the importance of getting classroom acoustics right.

The last Assembly term came to an end before the Petitions Committee finished its consideration of our petition. The newly appointed Committee has decided to keep the petition live and is now asking the Minister to meet with us to discuss the petition in detail. We will keep you posted!